6PM start on this game, so very light on the warms ups and being able to talk with the players. Rowan, Alex and I got there at 5:52. BTAA beat AFC in their first game, but in the little warm ups I saw, it looked like their goalie was a field player. I assumed they were going to be heavy offense. I opted for a 2-1-2, with the ‘1’ playing a CDM role. Wanted to lean into less goals against and allow our offensive player to go one-on-one to score. Fist couple of minutes in the game were bad. BTAA came out with playing a 2-3 and pushed hard. It took a while for the boys to adjust and keep them at bay, but within the first 4 minutes of the game we were in a hole 0-2. The boys regrouped and played their roles. After we started scoring, they shifted into a 3-2, maybe to protect a lead or out of respect for our speed. This slowed our scoring and we were only able to make it 3-2 by half. I told the boys to adjust and take low shots from distance; also to attack the inside of the 3rds. So understood, and we dropped 6 goals in the second half and really frustrated BTAA. Alex forced a red card towards the end of the game by attacking in the 3rds and getting a one-on-one with the goalie. Defender had little choice but to foul him from behind. Excellent play!